I’m thinking about getting a T-Mobile G1. It features a full QWERTY keyboard, 3G support, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. The Google Android operating system offers good integration with Google applications as well as access to the Amazon MP3 Store and YouTube. As more applications become available, the G1 will also become a more powerful smartphone for all types of users.
The G1 doesn’t include a standard headphone jack (although apparently this will be addressed very shortly) and lacks stereo Bluetooth and Microsoft Exchange support. Some users have reported design quirks that make the phone uncomfortable to hold and difficult to use and there have been reports of difficulty with the GPS tracking and speakerphone.
What I’m hearing is although the design is a bit lacking and it probably could use some additional features, the real beauty of the T-Mobile G1 is the Google Android platform. It has the potential to make smartphones more personal and powerful. But that the G1 may be a bit of a “beta” device and is best suited for early adopters and those who have to have the latest gadgets, rather than consumers and business users.
But at $179 I’m willing to take the risk. I should have it in the next few days and I’ll report my findings.
In the meantime, here are the major feature links from the T-Mobile website.